Of Mice and Men – Character Quotations

1. “this time you got to remember so we don’t get in no trouble” (George to Lennie)

2. “God, you’re a lot of trouble… I could get along so easy if I didn’t have you on my tail.” (George to Lennie)

3. “If I was alone I could live so easy…” “you do bad things and I got to get you out” (George to Lennie)

4. “guys like us that work on ranches, are the loneliest guys in the world…” “they ain’t got nothing to look ahead to” (George to Lennie)

5. “if you jus’ happen to get in trouble like you always done before, I want you to come right here and hide in the brush” (George to Lennie)

6. “a guy on a ranch don’t never listen nor he don’t ast no questions” (Candy to George)

7. at the old man’s heels there walked a drag-footed sheep-dog, grey of muzzle and with pale blind old eyes… “I had him ever since he was a pup” (Candy to George)

8. “I seen the guys that go around ranches alone. That ain’t no good. They don’t have no fun. After a long time they get mean. They get wantin’ to fight all the time.” (George to Slim)(aboutCurley?)

9. “Sure, he’s jes’ like a kid. There ain’t no more harm in him than a kid, neither, except he’s so strong” (George to Slim)

10. “watch out them cats don’t get the little rabbits’. Lennie breathed hard. “You jus’ let ‘em try to get the rabbits. I’ll break their god-damn necks.” (Lennie to George)

11. “I ought to of shot that dog myself, George. I shouldn’t ought to of let no stranger shoot my dog.” (Candy to George)

12. “I didn’t mean no harm, George.” (Lennie to George)

13. “…a guy talking to another guy and it don’t make no difference if he don’t hear or understand. The thing is they’re talking, or they’re settin’ still not talkin’.” (Crooks to Lennie)

14. “They’ll take ya to the booby hatch. They’ll tie ya up with a collar, like a dog.” (Crooks to Lennie)

15. A guy goes nots if he ain’t got nobody… I tell you a guy gets too lonely an’ he gets sick.” (Crooks to Lennie)

16. “I seen hundreds of men come by on the road… an’ that same damn thing in their heads… every damn one of ‘em’s got a little piece of land in his head. An’ never a god-damn one of them ever gets it. Just like heaven. Nobody never gets to heaven and nobody gets no land.” (Crooks to Lennie)

17. Think I don’t like to talk to somebody ever’ once in a while?.. I tell you I could of went with the shows… An’ a guy tol’ me he could put me in pitchers…” (Curley’s wife to Crooks/ Lennie/ Candy)

18. “I never get to talk to nobody. I get awful lonely.” (Curley’s wife to Lennie)

19. “Coulda been in the movies an’ had nice clothes… an’ I coulda sat in them big hotels, an’ had pitchers took of me… because this guy says I was a natural.” (Curley’s wife to Lennie)

20. “I don’t want to hurt you but George’ll be mad if you tell… I done a bad thing. I done another bad thing.” (Lennie to Curley’s Wife)

21. “Lennie never done it in meanness. All the time he done bad things but he never done one of ‘em mean” (George to Candy)

22. “I thought you was mad at me, George.”
“No” said George. “No, Lennie, I ain’t mad. I never been mad, an’ I ain’t now. That’s a thing I want you to know.”
Slim said, “You hadda, George. I swear you hadda.”